Fantastic Friday Read: “Cardhop 2.1 adds improved Fantastical integration, QR Code Sharing widget, more”
I have been using Fantastical for a couple of years now and about two years ago I decided to give Cardhop a go as well wondering if it could change my relationship with my address book the same way that Fantastical did and I would say that it has. I really like how it I have created a virtual business card on the iPhone app and can just let people scan a QR code on my iPhone screen at a meeting or conference and get my curated contact card for their iPhone, Android, or Outlook. You can now put this really useful widget on your iPhone home screen instead of having to dive into the app and I love that. I will definitely be using this when I go to Microsoft Ignite and JAMF JNUC this fall.
The added Fantastical integration is nice because you now get both when you pay for a Flexibits subscription and being able to type in “Call Daniel at 2pm on Tuesday” and it create a reminder in Fantastical with Daniel’s contact information is super useful.
I am also very appreciative of the Microsoft Teams support. I chat with coworkers in Teams and this will definitely have me using the Cardhop Mac menu bar app and shortcut a lot more to get in touch with coworkers faster and keeping my hands on my keyboard. I don’t use Cardhop nearly as much as Fantastical, but I do find it much, much more powerful, customizable, and useful than the default Apple Contact book that ships for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. For me the focus more around taking notes for particular contacts and making it easy to actually contact people just makes it so much more than a basic app for storing data. Cardhop is a launchpad for me to get more done. For me its a no-brainer purchase and they continuously add useful features every year to keep me coming back.